TraCK: Transmission of COVID-19 in Kids
Investigation of SARS-COV2 or group A strep abundance and transmissibility during outbreaks
Funder: Action Medical Research
Sponsor: Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
CI: Prof S Sriskandan
Approval Date: 16 July 2020
Lots of studies have now shown that children are very unlikely to suffer unpleasant symptoms of COVID-19, and are highly unlikely to need hospital admission. Although there have been some cases of an inflammatory illness that followed the COVID-19 upsurge, these were extremely rare, and we don't yet understand if there is a direct link or not. TraCK is a research project that will run in addition to the normal public health responses. Because it's a research project, the work will only be done if people agree to take part. The team will follow up cases of COVID-19 that have attended a school, to find out how long children carry infectious virus, and to see if it is present in body fluids like saliva, on skin, on other surfaces, and in the air around an infected child. The research team will also rigorously check to see if any other people get infected among classmates and household members - even if no one has symptoms. They will also check the school and home environment for the virus. The study is quite intensive so it will gather a lot of information from a small number of schools. The study will be triggered if a single case of COVID-19 in a child or adult is notified in any school in the London area; notification means that Public Health England (PHE) know about the case. The school will be asked to follow standard public health advice at this stage and the affected child's contacts will be asked to self-isolate. The study has full ethical approval from a national Research Ethics Committee and has been peer-reviewed and funded by UKRI.
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